Ian Louise House

Photographer: Simon Devitt


NZIA 2006 New Zealand Award citation:
“The building, a greyed timber box, blends into its rocky beach site. The interior of the house is formed as a series of interlocked spaces that spiral, shell-like, around a vertical circulation core. Projecting windows tightly frame views of bush and sea; lines of louvers draw in the sound of the waves. The reading of the building shifts from greyed driftwood to bleached shell, to beachside caravan or beached yacht. It is deeply considered, ingeniously compact, a finely tuned instrument for beachside living.”

Completed: 2005, Wanaka
Builder: Overton & Associates

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